On BrotherSister's Web site and MySpace profile, the artists
describe their music as indie, down-tempo, and experimental. "The
growing international renown for BrotherSister as artists and
performers acknowledges their musical upbringing, which has involved
both brother and sister in traveling with street performers and
musicians," says a representative.
"We are really excited about this video," Dante says. "We've both
always loved the style and feel Shilo go for, have been blown away by
their creativity, and feel that the film ties in with the music
perfectly. Shilo also helped out with the cover art for 'The Wunder
Tales,' and so the style has bled through to this really well. We
couldn't be happier with how it has turned out."
"As Shilo's artists developed the video, they sent us bits and
pieces along the way, which in turn spoke to the videos we were
devising for projection at our live shows," adds Xavia. "Visuals have
been critical...we are both artists as well as musicians, so to work
with people at the top of their game has been an excellent experience."
The completed "Still Run" music video was first screened for
attendees of the first annual F5 creative festival, which occurred in
New York in April. Uniting some of the brightest minds working in art,
design, and entertainment, the responses were positive. Slowly fading
in from black, the video shows a man in the center of the screen,
facing right, and running in place in slow-motion. His nighttime
journey begins under a starry sky, in an open field in the shadow of a
mountain range; soon, magical, swirling lights appear around him. After
one of the sprites impacts the runner, a darker sequence begins where
he runs through water, and then through a forest. He continues through
a town which is in ruins, and finally emerges into a molten,
apocalyptic, alien landscape. The music for "Still Run" offers a
haunting, multilayered, atmospheric mix with a steady, moving beat.
Dante delivers the verses, "I still run, I still run, I still wander.
In our day, everyday, we would wander," and Xavia joins him in the
chorus: "And I want to go, were nobody moves. Are you hearing
something, don't let me see you move."
For additional sound design to complement the visual storytelling,
Shilo turned to Gavin Little of Echolab. "After listening to the
record, I just fell in love with the poetry of the song and lyrics," he
says. "For the video, I wanted to explore the idea of perseverance
through change and adversity, and we found a way to take that idea to
an epic scale by using one seamless shot where a person runs though
time and space. We began by shooting a five-second test of the guy
running in front of a green screen, and over the course of about a
year, we turned that into a full music video. Almost everyone in the
studio has touched it at some point, including Dante when he was here
contributing sound design and music to some of our other projects."
Like many of Shilo's productions, "Still Run" combines still
photography and cinematography of custom-built miniatures, and computer
animation created using Maya, with After Effects compositing and visual
effects artistry. "We did not want the finished look to appear
photo-real, but rather, as a highly stylized vision, like something
that may appear in a dream," says Shilo's lead artist Chris Fung.
"Working over a long period of time with many different types of
elements, our main challenge was to seamlessly combine everything into
one strong, visually compelling story."
Production Company: Shilo
Creative Director: Andre Stringer
Lead Artist: Andre Stringer, Christopher Fung
Executive Producer: Tracy Chandler
Producer: Lindsay Bodanza
Editor: Galen Summer
3D Artists: Christopher Fung, Dave Hill, Joji Tsuruga, Warren Heimall
Visual FX Artists: Warren Heimall, Tamir Sapir
3D Modeling: Christina Ku, Scott Denton
2D Animator: Stieg Retlin
Compositors: Andre Stringer, Dave Hill, Rick Malwitz, Joel Voelker, Christopher Fung, Warren Heimall, Joji Tsuruga, Kirsten Hall
Assistant Compositor: Helen Kim
Photographers: Joel Voelker, Christopher Fung
Matte Painters: Andre Stringer, Christopher Fung
Miniatures: Willi Patton
Original Music: "Still Run" from BrotherSister's 2008 release "The Wunder Tales"
Sound Design: Echolab
Sound Designer: Gavin Little